Russian troops will receive state-of-the-art small arms

The new weapons will include “the best submachine gun in the world”, the Kalashnikov arms maker said.

Russian troops will receive advanced weapons, including PPK-20 submachine guns and designated SVCh sniper rifles, by the end of the year, the Kalashnikov group said on Sunday.

“We believe this is the best submachine gun in the world for the next 20 years,” the head of the famous arms manufacturer, Alan Lushnikov, told reporters, describing the PPK-20. The data provided by the company indicates that it is capable of firing 800 rounds per minute. According to Russian media, bullets fired from the gun have a velocity of nearly 470 meters per second and are capable of penetrating level IIIA body armor – one of the highest armor classes for concealable soft protection and light.

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The submachine gun weighs just under 3 kg, has a suppressor and a standardized mounting rail interface similar to the Picatinny rail used in Western weapons. The PPK-20 was first shown by Kalashnikov at the ARMY 2021 exhibition last year.

The SVCh, or Chukavin Sniper Rifle, is a new generation of sniper rifles designed to replace Soviet-made Dragunov Sniper Rifles (SVDs). It is lighter than its predecessor, has higher accuracy and is capable of hitting targets at a distance of around 1,200 meters. The small size of this semi-automatic rifle also makes it effective at medium range and even in close combat. It was first demonstrated in 2017 and passed state trials last year.


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